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Sriram Natarajan

Sock it to me!

Well, with so many billions washed out in 2008, it looks like banks don't think a billion is too much! See this hilarious news item - W...

31 Dec 2008
Sriram Natarajan

LayAway - your credit card.....

The burgeoning financial crisis is throwing up some unique offerings to consumers. Consumers now have more options - both for products and methods of purchase. This festive season, if you don't relish...

08 Dec 2008
Sriram Natarajan

Staff genocide!

Whew! 52,000 jobs at Citi are going to be axed. This must be a new record on job cuts by a running firm. Citi's communique in their town hall yesterday makes an interesting read. See http://www.cit...

18 Nov 2008
Sriram Natarajan

I too have a dream........ I want to be a bank!

As the Central banks across the world are pumping money into banks and the rest of the economic world watches the bailout, it is no wonder that every entity now wants to be a bank. And why not, you le...

03 Nov 2008
Sriram Natarajan

Terrorizing the banks!

I found this news release by the FBI quite amusing - It seems 'a series of threatening letters filled with an unknown powder started showing u...

27 Oct 2008
Sriram Natarajan

Wire tapping on the internet

The move towards Internet telephony seems to suggest a new line of security issues. Given the extensive use of Skype and other internet telephony tools, due to their inherent economical costs, it is b...

16 Oct 2008
Sriram Natarajan

If Paulson were to adopt Nigerian tactics!

There is a lot of humor now doing the rounds on the credit crisis. Obviously the joke is on us! I got the below mentioned 'request' in my inbox. If only the US Treasury gets so creative as the Nigeria...

23 Sep 2008
Sriram Natarajan

Rankings on financial development

The World Economic Forum has released the inaugural Financial Development Report. This report ranks the world's leading financial market-countries on where they stand across various parameters. See he...

21 Sep 2008
Sriram Natarajan

Let there be Internet

It is pleasing to note that the Godzilla of the Web Google Inc and banking behemoth HSBC are joining forces. Their union is for a good cause - providing high speed internet to the next 3 billion who a...

10 Sep 2008
Sriram Natarajan

Do we need another browser?

The Internet is abuzz with the news of Goliath Google preparing to unleash its net browser on the world. This seems to be an almost messianic deliverance for geeks and Net-junkies. See http://www.bus...

02 Sep 2008
Sriram Natarajan

The lopsided costs of Terror

We all know how much of money and effort it takes to manage Operational Risk for a financial institution. The thousands of 'person-hours' of Risk, Compliance, IT, Operations, ete have to put in BCP, D...

31 Aug 2008
Sriram Natarajan

How to counter 'Counterfeit'? Stop printing notes!

I have been reading the news items on the volume of counterfeit notes surfacing in India. It looks like more than half a billion dollars worth of fake rupees are circulating around the country. The ba...

27 Aug 2008